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[sik-uh-triks, si-key-triks] /ˈsɪk ə trɪks, sɪˈkeɪ trɪks/
noun, plural cicatrices
[sik-uh-trahy-seez] /ˌsɪk əˈtraɪ siz/ (Show IPA)
Physiology. new tissue that forms over a wound and later contracts into a scar.
Botany. a scar left by a fallen leaf, seed, etc.
Also, cicatrice
[sik-uh-tris] /ˈsɪk ə trɪs/ (Show IPA)
Origin of cicatrix
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: scar
Related forms
[sik-uh-trish-uh l] /ˌsɪk əˈtrɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
[si-ka-tri-kohs, sik-uh-] /sɪˈkæ trɪˌkoʊs, ˈsɪk ə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for cicatrice
Historical Examples
  • She pulled her dress down and revealed a cicatrice on a shape that would have made a model for a sculptor.

    Katerfelto G. J. Whyte-Melville
  • He is quite bald, and there is a cicatrice on his left cheek where a Malay cut him.

    Boy Scouts in the Philippines G. Harvey Ralphson
  • She lived to be eighty-five, and to the day of her death caressed the scar—the cicatrice of a love-wound.

  • The cicatrice began to make itself very visible in his face, and the debonair manner was fast vanishing.

    Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope
  • The fire has seared, the cicatrice remains—though to be hidden away, of course.

    'Murphy' Major Gambier-Parry
  • Fifthly, the growing bark encroached on, and finally obliterated the cicatrice.

    Omphalos Philip Henry Gosse
  • It is concealed by the paint, but remove that, and you will find it hath all the form of a cicatrice of a corresponding shape.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • Tremendous long and lean the upper part of him looked, and the cicatrice upon his brow made his ghastliness the more appalling.

  • The Makoa are known by a cicatrice in the forehead shaped like the new moon with the horns turned downwards.

  • There was the cicatrice of an old wound on a lower limb, but otherwise there was no spot or blemish upon the body.

British Dictionary definitions for cicatrice


noun (pl) cicatrices (ˌsɪkəˈtraɪsiːz)
the tissue that forms in a wound during healing; scar
a scar on a plant indicating the former point of attachment of a part, esp a leaf
Derived Forms
cicatricial (ˌsɪkəˈtrɪʃəl) adjective
cicatricose (sɪˈkætrɪˌkəʊs; ˈsɪkə-) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: scar, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for cicatrice



1640s, from Latin cicatrix (accusative cicatricem ) "a scar," of unknown origin. Earlier in English as cicatrice (mid-15c.). Related: cicatrical.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cicatrice in Medicine

cicatrix cic·a·trix (sĭk'ə-trĭks', sĭ-kā'trĭks)
n. pl. cic·a·tri·ces (sĭk'ə-trī'sēz, sĭ-kā'trĭ-sēz')
A scar left by the formation of new connective tissue over a healing sore or wound.

cic'a·tri'cial (sĭk'ə-trĭsh'əl) or ci·cat'ri·cose' (sĭ-kāt'rĭ-kōs') adj.
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